QH: 2 bits on the Creative Process

I generally enjoy thoughts about how the creative process works.

A recent Dilbert Blog post has some open-kimono stuff on Scott Adams' creativity: http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/the_creative_process/


At this point I will digress and give you my untested theory about creativity:

Creativity is highly correlated to poor memory.

For me, ideas stream through my head at a frantic pace. I feel like a bear trying to grab a salmon. If my paw misses its target, that salmon is gone for good. I don't dwell on it. I just lunge for the next salmon. I think people who have fewer thoughts per hour have time to let them settle in and form memories. It's just a theory.

The idea stream in particular rings true with me. I find myself at the start of blogging a particularly fervent idea or writing a other wishing that I could type faster. I type 75wpm, gusting up to 100. But my brain, when in "idea mode" and spewing forth thoughts will run at 2-3x that it seems (having no radar for ideas-streaming-from-the-brain, I am unable to accurately gauge its speed).

If this indeed be true, then, dear reader, I have one important skill to be one of the most creative thinkers this world has ever seen - my memory is just that poor.


Scott Berkun's The Myths of Innovation seems to be set on uncovering the process of innovation. (I have yet to read the book but it is high on my list and I have high hopes based on the lectures that I have seen.) I image the process to innovate requires creativity so the two are related.

Scott Berkun, talks about various invention myths, at 9:50 in this video, he drops this:

How, if you want to be an inventor...
how does knowing about [Archimedes in his] bathtub help you?
It doesn't.

The whole video is interesting, but if you just pick off just a piece, take 8:38 - 12:50.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008, 12:00 AM

tagged: creativeprocess, creativity, innovation, inventions, mythsofinnovation, scottadams, scottberkun, videos

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